Hawaiian Musicians on the U.S. Mainland in the Early 1900s

Have you ever seen a Hawaiian music performance? Hawaiian musicians strumming on their ukulele and guitars? Hula dancers gesturing with their arms and swaying their hips? The announcer bellowing "A-LOO-HA!"

A few Hawaiian musicians started these performances started in the late 1800s, and eventually entourages of Hawaiians musicians and hula dancers performed in shows and world fairs, popularizing the Hawaiian culture. Newspaper ads announced their performances, and articles reviewed them.

Joseph Kekuku's Hawaiian Musicians and "Bird of Paradise"

Joseph Kekuku, known as the inventor of the steel guitar, performed in vaudeville theaters across the country in the 1910s and 1920s.

1910s and 1920s



Hawaiian musicians on the mainland.




Text: "Oliver Morosco proffers the success of successes, the most talked of play of the century.
The Bird of Paradise by Richard Walton Tully, author [of] "Omar the tentmaker." Hear the Hawaiian singers & dancers. See the wonderful volcano scene. A play of a woman's soul."

Goodwin's Weekly: A thinking paper for thinking people, December 30, 1916, Page 10, Image 10
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Text: "Lyric Theatre. Two nights----Friday & Saturday June 17th and 18th. ...

"The Royal Hawaiian Troupe introducing the only native Hawaiian jazz orchestra touring this country in a wonderful combination of Hawaiian Vaudeville with the photoplay romance. 'My Hawaiian Aloha' companion play to 'Bird of Paradise.'

"Don't miss seeing the world's greatest hula hula dancer (in person.)"

Text in picture: "Gardner & Miller, the sensational fascinating super production "My Hawaiian Aloha," companion play to the "Bird of Paradise" in six parts. A tidal wave of melody with genuine Native Hawaiian orchestra, singers, and hula hula dancers."

New Ulm Review, June 15, 1921, Page 4, Image 4
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Text: "The most novel and fascinating romance ever produced. Companion play to The Bird of Paradise.

My Hawaiian Aloha in six parts.

The Bemidji daily pioneer., November 24, 1917, Page 3, Image 3
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Kekuku's Hawaiian


Text: "Hawaiian music to be feature of Big Chautauque program. Music from islands across the Pacific to add greatly to big program engaged.

"The Chautauqua is bringing many great attractions here during its week of big daily program ..."

The Colville examiner., July 22, 1916, Page 6, Image 6
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Text: "3 days starting today. Blake's Royal Hawaiian Troubadours in an entirely new program. Do you like to hear the enchanting strains of a real Hawaiian stringed orchestra? Remember--They play a new program. Our feature picture is 'The Iron Woman' featuring that supreme dramatic favorite Nance O'Neil, a metro wonderplay in 5 tremendous parts. A metro comedy. Apollo Orchestra."

The Tacoma Times, December 27, 1916, Page 5, Image 5
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Irene West



Moana Vierra's Royal Hawaiians

Text: "There is a wide gap between the average group of Hawaiian singers and players, and the thoroughly capable, carefully selected and well-coached organization of Hawaiian musicians brought to Chautauqua by Moana Vierra. Her Royal Hawaiian quartet presents two comprehensive programs of the best in Hawaiian music--those haunting melodies, which in recent years have set a new record for popularity in America.
Were you to visit the Islands you would not hear a more faithful rendition of the best that land of music and flowers has to offer than you will hear in two concerts of the Royal Hawaiians at Chautauqua. The ukulele, taro-patch and steel guitar are featured in instrumental numbers. The voices, individually and collectively, are excellent."

The Leavenworth Echo, July 26, 1918, Page 4, Image 4
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Royal Hawaiian Quintet

Text: "Extra attraction. Olympic Grill and Dutch Lunch Room. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 23.

"Royal Hawaiian Quintet. Vocal and instrumental selections. Every evening from 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. ..."

The Tacoma Times, October 22, 1913, Image 2
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Text: "Royal Hawaiian Quintet at Chautauqua
Prominent quintet from the islands will give closing concerts

There is a wide gap between the average group of Hawaiian singers and players and the thoroughly capable, carefully selected and well-coached organization of Hawaiian musicians brought to Chautauqua on the last day. ...

Were you to visit the Islands you would not hear a more faithful rendition of the best that land of music and flowers has to offer than you will hear in the two concerts of the Royal Hawaiians at Chautauqua. The ukulele, taropatch and steel guitar are featured in instrumental numbers."

Pullman Herald, June 27, 1919, Page 4, Image 4
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Text: "Coming at the Scenic Theatre ... The Hawaiian Jewels with Lae Moni. Proclaimed by press and public as being the most accomplished and artistic Hawaiian dancer in America, assisted by Mr. Henry Ahiens, the expert steel guitar player. Princess Lae Moni, famous Whirl Win Hula Hula Daner, Sal Nauvaline, Hawaii's sweetest tenor singer and ukulele soloist unexcelled."

The Leavenworth echo., May 13, 1921, Image 3
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Pullman Herald, August 04, 1916, Image 8
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The Democratic Banner, November 08, 1921, Page PAGE THREE, Image 3
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